West Sussex Growers Association strategy document calls for compulsory purchase orders

The West Sussex Growers Association has called on local authorities to use Complusory Purchase Orders (CPO) in the Horticultural Development Area (HDA), to compel landowners such as the Church Commissioners to sell land for horticulture glasshouse construction.

Document author John Hall said the CPO call continued from a previous document and had been "raised" in the meantime with some applications.
Madestein and Eric Wall have plans to expand and Barfoots and Langmeads have permission for high tech glasshouses but Hall says planning restrictions are not getting any more relaxed.
He says if a landowner refuses to sell in a Horticultural Development Area, "we'd say it's local authority policy and we'd expect them to use their powers, including CPOs".
The new document from WSGA aims to develop strategies with local authorities, land owners and other stakeholders to identify suitable land for horticultural development.
It also aims to promote the benefits of improved food, plant and energy security to all stakeholders and lobby local authorities to explain the specific land, resource and planning needs of the horticultural industry in West Sussex.
The document says WSGA will seek continued access to the labour market including, free
access to the European labour market. It also gives policy on water, Local Enterprise Partnerships, support allied and ancillary businesses,
West Sussex Growers’ Association was established in 1927 and has 70 members.
The industry in West Sussex produces over £1 billion in annual sales of fruit, vegetables, salads
and plants and employs more than 9,000 people.
This is its fourth strategy document, which aims to inform policy makers, engage with the local community and encourage recruitment of young people.

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